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Sermons and Prayers by William Dygnum Moss

Sermons and Prayers by William Dygnum Moss is a transcript.

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The present selection of sermons and prayers were made from a very large number which were typed from manuscript by Miss Mary Broome. To her the Editorial Committee is greatly indebted, and to many friends of Dr. Moss thanks are due for financial support of the publication. It is hoped that the choices made will find favor as representing and reproducing, as far as the printed page can, the Parson's religious philosophy. There is no topical order of presentation; but the calendar of a college year is partially followed.

F.F. Bradshaw, R.B. House, George McF. McKie, G.A. Harrer, Chairman.

Contemporary Preface

I picked up a physical copy of Sermons and Prayers in one of my town's free book deposits. Printed in 1940 by the Seeman Printery in Durham, North Carolina, and bound by L.H. Jenkins, Inc., in Richmond Virginia, it's a small and sturdy blue hard-cover that's been well-treated. I have a personal interest in the subject, so have taken it upon myself to manually transcribe the work. I am currently ignorant to what copyright law would have to say about reproduction, but I usually find it easier in these matters to ask forgiveness than permission. If the current copyright-holder would like to contact me, they may find available means at or by searching the internet for my name. - emsenn

Parson Moss

The Man and His Ministry

By Francis F. Bradshaw

William Dygnum Moss, a native of Canada and an alumnus of McGill University, came to Chapel Hill in 1904 from a pastorate in Nova Scotia. He was turning southward for reasons of health. In 1906 he went to a charge in Washington, D.C. In 1912 he returned to Chapel Hill to a congregation which had refused to be satisfied with any substitute for “the Parson,” and here he remained until his death on October, 1932.

An alumnus related recently how he, a rebellious youth, had promised himself upon entering the University that he would not attend church a single time while away from home and enjoying the freedom of the collegian. At the opening exercises of the University the Reverend Mr. Moss was asked to pray. An initial sentence was so little like the perfunctoary and unthought petitions of custom that the lad felt actually startled - he said, almost as if by a dash of water in the face. He decided to hear the minister the next Sunday, and, although not a Presbyterian, he heard the Parson regularly for four years.